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Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss

Narrated by: Steve White
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
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In 1927, Charley Braggs arrived home to find two of his children dead. The doctor who observed the children in their last moments diagnosed food poisoning as the cause. There was no need for an autopsy. His wife, Nannie, blamed tainted grains as the source, but Charley wasn’t convinced.
 

Charley didn’t feel safe around his wife. In the middle of the night, he took his eldest daughter and ran for his life.
 

The outpouring of sympathy doubled for Nannie when they discovered her husband’s treachery. To her community, she was a sweet lady renowned for her cheerful disposition. But behind the facade was a much darker and sinister reality. A truth that four of her future husbands, two of her sisters, her mother, her mother-in-law, her nephew and her grandson would perilously discover.
 

Black Widow is a dramatic and chilling account of one of the most shocking true crime stories in American history. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the listener into the real-live horror experienced by the victims and has all the elements of a classic thriller. 

Caution: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to listen to this audiobook.

©2019 Ryan Green (P)2019 Ryan Green

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  • timj26
  • ontario canada
  • 06-27-19

Owner of a lonely heart

Another entertaining addition to my ryan green collection
What fascinates me is she married five men had multiple kids and killed eleven people by age fifty
Steve’s narration is always fantastic I highly recommend any of Ryan’s audiobooks
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Unsettling

This creepy woman is truly unsettling. Nannie Doss is often sympathetic and isn't just a serial killer traipsing the countryside for her next victim. She's equally terrifying in her severe detachment from emotion when she does kill. It's all the more horrifying because in every case, it's someone who you'd expect her to love. This is the element of female serial killers which is so much more sinister and unsettling than males. You can read about male serial killers and, as long as it doesn't get too graphic, it's impersonal like watching an action movie. Women serial killers never let you forget the humanity of the tragedy.

This is another well done book by author Ryan Green and his partner in crime Steve White. (Green... White... There's definitely a pun or wordplay hiding in there somewhere but I'm not clever enough to find it.)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Don’t bother

Not at all a thriller or mystery ...rather a dull account of her story wit tabloid touches

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Disturbingly satisfying

At my request, I received this title in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely LOVE just about anything true crime. Black Widow did not disappoint. I found it fascinating and horrifying that Nannie was able to continue living her seemingly normal life while leaving a trail of bodies, young and old, every step of the way. It goes to show just how much has changed in the past 30 or so years when it comes to justice and law enforcement. It also red lights mental health and the importance of assessments at an early age.

This poor woman was so troubled right from the start. There were so many red flags....SO MANY RED FLAGS! After listening to her story, I can't help but wonder how differently things might have been; how many lives could have been changed, if only someone would have stepped in and helped her while she was still just a child...

Oh well, it sure makes for a great story! Check this one out. You won't be disappointed!

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How did she get away with all of it?

Yikes!!!
This is an unbelievable story of an extremely horrible person. I don't care how much trauma she had growing up. It didn't give her license to become the murderer she became.
I wondered if she would have gotten away with all her crimes today. I doubt it.
Very interesting and well written.

I was given this book by the author for an honest review. The opinions are mine alone. Thank you!

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Great biography

I loved this book it gave lots of details about how and why Nannie Doss became the black widow. I love true crime stories and this one did not disappoint. This book provided details I had not been aware of about who and how she killed her husbands and family members. I would highly recommend this book. I received this book for free for an honest review.

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A Must for True-Crime Lovers

This audiobook was given to me for free at my request and my review is voluntary and purely my genuine thoughts.

I am a general sucker for true crime and generally listen to podcasts surrounding the topic. Fans of podcasts and true crime in general would definitely enjoy this. The narrator does a fantastic job and the events are easy to follow.

This book is about Nannie Doss, a female serial killer from the 1920’s until the 1950’s. It provides a thorough account of her life, with bits of narration that spice up the experience from just being a monotonous stream of information.

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Great Read

Black Widow: The True Story of Giggling Granny Nannie Doss was a good true crime story by Ryan Green. In 1927, Charley came home to his wife, Nannie, and children to find two of his children dead. They said it was food poisoning but Charley didn't believe that to be true and didn't feel safe around his wife. He took their oldest daughter in the middle of the night and ran. The community supported Nannie after the death's and what Charley did.,Unfortunately this was just the beginning of the people close to Nannie who would die. This was a good account of one of the most shocking true crime stories in American history. I can't wait to read more by Ryan Green.

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True crime at its best <br />

Black Widow. .
Another compelling true crime story from Ryan Green. Once again he manages to portray both the perpetrator and victims with empathy and tries to show you how the perpetrator arrived there.
He also shows us that criminals are in our communities and often not recognized for what they really are.
Steve White's narration is as usual 1st class.
I received a free copy of this audio book at my own request and voluntarily leave this review.

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  • S. P.
  • Mission, TX
  • 07-02-19

Such a sweet lady.

I really enjoy true crime and this story did not disappoint. Amazing that a woman could murder so many people using the same method and never draw suspicion. I’ll be reading more books by this author.

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  • Jennifer Bradley
  • 07-21-19

Looking For Romance.

Another chilling tale this time in the form of someone wanting to live there life. Like the pages of a romance book. There were times were I felt sorry for this woman as she just wanted someone to love her and to be true . Then I remembered some of the stuff she had done. Another true crime book by this author I've enjoyed and with the narrator doing a good job telling the story.

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  • Karen
  • 07-06-19

Great Author and Great Narrator

Ryan Green really knows how to get into the minds of serial killers, in a most disturbing way. And yet you cant help but feel understanding and compassion for Nannie, who just wanted to feel loved.

Steve White does a great job of narrating

Another great listen

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review